Boswellia Sacra Tree (Frankincense)

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Frankincense is known to have numerous health benefits. Here’s an excerpt of the list of health benefits below as published on naturecare.ygoy.com:

Astringent – This property of frankincense provides many medicinal uses. It is effective in strengthening the hair roots, gums, lifts and tones the skin, contracts intestines, muscles and blood vessels, thus protecting the hair or tooth from damage, wrinkles, stops blood flow from cuts and wounds and also maintains the firmness of muscles and intestines of limbs and abdominal area. It also helps heal diarrhea associated with certain conditions.

Emenagogue & Womb Care/Uterine – Opens the delayed and obstructed menstruation process. It is very effective in curing the symptoms accompanied with Post Menstrual Syndrome and menses like fatigue, headache, nausea, pain in the abdominal region. Frankincense oil regulates estrogen hormone production and therefore reduces the chances of formation of tumors or cysts in the uterus. It also helps maintain menstrual cycles.

Asthma – Boswellia can play a role in reducing leukotrienes, which causes bronchial muscles to contract. A study (featured below) of the herb’s effect on bronchial asthma found that patients who took boswellia experienced decreased asthma symptoms and asthma indicators. This 1998 German study showed the herb could play an important role in treating bronchial asthma.

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Digestive – Frankincense oil is the best alternative for acidity, indigestion and many more digestive problems. It more over produces no side effects. It aids digestion in a very effective manner suppressing all the symptoms. It enhances secretion of digestive juices (acids, bile and gastric juices) and also stimulates the peristaltic movements of the food through the intestine. It aids overall food digestion.

Disinfectant and Antiseptic – Frankincense is an antiseptic. The smoke obtained when frankincense is burned has got disinfectant and antiseptic properties and therefore removes all the germs present in the area affected with smoke. On applying to the wounds, it protects from infection like tetanus. It is also effective in treating internal infections and wounds.

Sedative – Frankincense is a very effective sedative. It helps induce feeling of relaxation, mental peace, spirituality and satisfaction. It makes you introvert by awakening the insight and removes all the stress, anger and anxiety.

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Cicatrisant- This property of frankincense essential oil is very important. It helps fade away the marks and scars of pox, acne, boils, etc. it also helps the surgery marks, stretch marks and fat cracks to fade away completely which are related to pregnancy as well as delivery.

Digestive – Frankincense oil is the best alternative for acidity, indigestion and many more digestive problems. It more over produces no side effects. It aids digestion in a very effective manner suppressing all the symptoms. It enhances secretion of digestive juices (acids, bile and gastric juices) and also stimulates the peristaltic movements of the food through the intestine. It aids overall food digestion.

Cytophylactic – This property of frankincense helps in regenerating healthy cells and thus maintaining the health of cells and tissues.

 What follows are four articles you will enjoy reading on the scientific wonders of Frankincense and related resins. 

Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with bronchial asthma: results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week clinical study.

Abstract

The gum resin of Boswellia serrata, known in Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine as Salai guggal, contains boswellic acids, which have been shown to inhibit leukotriene biosynthesis. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study forty patients, 23 males and 17 females in the age range of 18 – 75 years having mean duration of illness, bronchial asthma, of 9.58 +/- 6.07 years were treated with a preparation of gum resin of 300 mg thrice daily for a period of 6 weeks. 70% of patients showed improvement of disease as evident by disappearance of physical symptoms and signs such as dyspnoea, rhonchi, number of attacks, increase in FEV subset1, FVC and PEFR as well as decrease in eosinophilic count and ESR. In the control group of 40 patients 16 males and 24 females in the age range of 14-58 years with mean of 32.95 +/- 12.68 were treated with lactose 300 mg thrice daily for 6 weeks. Only 27% of patients in the control group showed improvement. The data show a definite role of gum resin of Boswellia serrata in the treatment of bronchial asthma.

 

Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells

Like the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense. The origins of frankincense can be traced to the Arabian Peninsula. According to Herodotus (5th century BC): Arabia is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia, and cinnamon.. the trees bearing the frankincense are guarded by winged serpents of small size and various colors. (See this GreenMedInfo Summary).

Frankincense, along with gold and myrrh, is one of the most famous Christmas presents in history, and is a fragrant plant resin extracted from the Boswellia sacra tree found across Africa and Arabia. Using the compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) derived from the resin, the research has successfully shown its potential effectiveness in targeting ovarian cancer. More specifically, they have been able to demonstrate the ability of AKBA to combat cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer.  — This article was published on GreenMedInfo.com. Click on the links above to read the complete work.

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Boswellia contains a compound which suppresses proliferation and induces programmed cell death in meningioma cells. 

Abstract Title: Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) is cytotoxic for meningioma cells and inhibits phosphorylation of the extracellular-signal regulated kinase 1 and 2.

Abstract: Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) is a naturally occurring pentacyclic triterpene isolated from the gum resin exudate from the stem of the tree Boswellia serrata (frankincense). AKBA has been recently identified as a novel, orally active, non-redox and non-competitive 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor that also inhibits topisomerase I and II in vitro. Because natural pentacyclic triterpenes have an antiproliferative effect against different tumor types, we investigated the effects of AKBA on the proliferation of 11 primary cell cultures established from human surgical specimens of meningiomas, common central nervous system tumors. Treatment of meningioma cells by AKBA revealed a potent cytotoxic activity with half-maximal inhibitory concentrations in the range of 2-8 microM. At similar, physiologically achievable concentrations, AKBA rapidly (within minutes) and potently inhibited the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (Erk-1 and Erk-2) in meningioma cells stimulated with platelet-derived growth factor BB.

Published on GreenMedInfo.com. To read the complete abstract, visit their website here.

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HOW TO MAKE A WHOLE EXTRACT OF FRANKINCENSE AND OTHER OLEORESINS

Extract all the healing properties of Frankincense and other oleo-resins

There is much information online about the healing properties of the different types of Frankincense. In general, they all share anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which make them ideal for many external and internal applications. Phytochemicals in Frankincense have been proven useful for arthritis,  rheumatism, cancer, ulcers, colitis, brain injuries, depression, and much more. They are especially useful in cremes, oils and salves to help rejuvenate the skin, increase elasticity, reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. Click on the link above to continue reading and see instructions on how to create your own. enjoy! (Courtesy of apothecary’s garden).

 

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